'Faith Under Fire' for PNGDF

Published on FLTLT Michael Moroney (author), LAC Oliver Carter (photographer)

Location(s): Manus Island, PNG

Topic(s): HMAS Choules (L100), Defence Cooperation Program, Chaplaincy

Chaplain Ian Lindsay introduces the 'Faith Under Fire' DVD package to members of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force on board HMAS Choules. (photo: LAC Oliver Carter)
Chaplain Ian Lindsay introduces the 'Faith Under Fire' DVD package to members of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force on board HMAS Choules.

Members of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) are getting the chance to explore their spiritual fitness, participating in the Australian Defence Force ‘Faith Under Fire’ course being offered by HMAS Choules Padre, Chaplain (CHAP) Ian Lindsay.

While Choules is anchored at Manus Island for Operation LANDSCAPE, the crew has been taking the opportunity to participate in some Defence Cooperation Program (DCP) initiatives at HMPNGS Tarangau, and CHAP Lindsay has been impressed with the response he’s seen to the program.

“We had 20 people come to the ship from the base, and 14 of those were PNGDF members.”

The course was run over three days and gave those that attended a chance to explore the role that faith plays while serving in a modern Defence Force.

“The course has certainly prompted a lot of good feedback and questions amongst the participants,” said CHAP Lindsay.

“It should give them some understanding of faith within service life and how that faith can help them in times of adversity.”

CHAP Lindsay has also been participating regularly in the Sunday service offered at HMPNGS Tarangau, giving him regular interaction with some of the families living on the base.

“It’s been a privilege to be part of the chapel community here,” said CHAP Lindsay.

“I’ve been invited to preach on a couple of occasions and we’re now looking at ways to develop a partnership between the Chaplains of both Defence Forces for future cooperation activities.”

Faith Under Fire is a six session DVD based course that is offered to all ADF members and encourages open discussion and questioning. Royal Australian Navy personnel interested in participating in the course should contact their local Chaplain.

Imagery is available on the Royal Australian Navy Media Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20131318.